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I is for Infused-- No, wait--I is for Improv




Well, I've spent at least 5 of my 15-minute limit for blog post writing trying to think of a word for "I'. I'm thinking there may be something to the theme method to this madness. 

After thinking and googling "I" words, I thought something may come out of the word "infused" although it may be hard to explain as it is one of those "inside jokes" (see that could have been the words for today, too) that made me laugh at the time, but may leave the reader going, "huh?"

As I moved my cursor to start this post, I realized, NO! I should not talk about the infused joke, I should talk about jokes themselves. I should talk about Improv. After all, if I would have written this yesterday like I was supposed to, I would have just finished a day (a full day, if you saw the H post) at the Ren Faire, where I had a chance to see one and a half shows of my favorite Improv group (crew?) the Motley Players. 

Since I've started being on the stage instead of in the audience, I notice I react differently to some of the scenes. I still laugh, a lot, maybe even more because I know how the mind is going in all sort of directions for those people and some of the places they end up is so surprising it shocks me. But I did notice myself hesitating to shout ideas out. This is very strange because one of the first rules I learned for performing Improv is not to censor yourself (especially since we do an 18+ show). But as an audience member, I wanted to try and give them something unique to work with, not the 'same ol' same ol'. I wanted them to be surprised so that it would force them into doing something so dissimilar to anything they've done before, they even surprise themselves. 

This is a lot of pressure to put on myself as an audience member. I wasn't the one performing. Luckily, the fact that I froze did not hurt the performance in any way. The audience had plenty of ideas, and all of us were given the gift of entirely new and unique scenes that made us laugh.

The moral of the story is: Don't second guess yourself. Go for it!

And, my time is up. Until next time:)

Maybe I'll save the Infused story for another time. Or letter. 

Comments

  1. It is surprising how hard it is to get a topic for some letters. Visiting from A to Z.

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  2. I give you a lot of credit--don't think I could ever be up on a stage.

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  3. Glad you went with Improv. One of my favourite words. My friend and I kind of do improv for parties. We have a general idea of what we want to accomplish in one long skit, but we dont' tell each other what we are going to incorporate. We have been practising Improv on our own and have each purchased the Clive Anderson 'Who's Line is it Anyway' improv book.
    Also cool you do Ren-Fairs. I absolutely love them. Improv and Ren-Faires are both things I've included at one point or another on my blog. One a video, one photos.

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  4. I like the idea of the time-limit AND the improvisational aspect of writing. It's the best way for me to keep the Editor at bay. For the moment, at least. But onstage? Yikes! Good for you!

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